A new laboratory will be opening in Baton Rouge after a partnership was announced between Albemarle Food Safety and Southern Microbiological Services.
The research and development facility is based at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center on the LSU South Campus Research Park.
Albemarle said that the opening of the new lab shows that it is dedicated to serving the industry, as it will be providing a new platform to develop food safety solutions.
The laboratory will be equipped with state of the art facilities and will specialise in microbiology testing, specifically looking at all food-borne pathogens. A team of food scientists will also work from the hub.
Tina Craft, global business manager, specialty bromides, said: "As we aggressively expand the presence of our Food Safety business globally, we will strengthen our presence in the Food Safety industry by providing timely solutions to assist producers and processors in controlling food borne pathogens."
News of the new facility comes as the US Food and Drug Administration looks to expand the enforcement of the Food Safety Modernisation Act, which will soon include imported foods.
Furthermore, a report accompanying news of the laboratory stated that Albemarle will be excellently positioned to provide food safety solutions around the globe as other international regulatory agencies look to introduce new rules.
A major part of Albemarle's food safety operations, which are part of the company's Fine Chemistry Global Business Unit, is its use of a premium line of bromine-based antimicrobials. The organisation has a line of fast-growing products which are used in processing and help to fight pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter, listeria and E.coli.
The unveiling of the laboratory comes at a busy time for Albemarle, as it recently announced changes to its board of directors, with Jim W Nokes coming in as non-executive chairman from February next year.